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THE VINEYARDS

Remarkably, although located within a tiny 10,000 acres, there are three distinct climate zones in Suisun Valley, and we have vines in each of them.

The "lower valley" - Where the winery is located - is windy and coolest portion of the district. This is where the Pinot Noir is planted - a study done in 2009 by Terra Spase has shown it to be similiar to Carneros where world famous Pinot Noir vines also grow.

The "mid valley" - The winds are now buffered by Elk Horn Peak and also by the ridge leading up to Twin Sisters Mountain. Provides idyllic growing conditions for the Chardonnay, Riesling, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Muscat Canelli and Petite Sirah. References were made in the same Terra Spase report of simularities to the Bordeaux region for this portion of Suisun Valley.

The "upper valley" - Now the winds are completely blocked on all sides as the valley tapers into the canyons leading into Napa Valley. Here we have enough substance for Cabernet Sauvignon. Parallels were graphed in the Terra Spase report to the "growing degree days" (GDD) of Oakville and St. Helena to this area of Suisun Valley. One hundred percent Suisun Valley, one hundred percent Steve Tenbrink.

 

 

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